Readers' Choice: Best Of The Caribbean Resorts, Snorkeling, Trips & More

Looking for the best places in the Caribbean to visit? We polled 17,000 discerning readers whose passion for the Caribbean is matched only by their desire to share it. Here are their 24 picks of the top Caribbean beach resorts, snorkeling spots and attractions.

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Best Megaresort: Atlantis, Bahamas

With the property's almost 3,500 rooms spread over 171 acres, 13 pools, 40 restaurants, casino, golf course and massive water park, if you're bored here, you need more than a vacation.

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Best Golf Resort: Four Seasons, Nevis

After a two-year rehab, the resort reopened last December to raves for its refreshed Robert Trent Jones II course.

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Best Luxury Resort: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

A 1,000-acre private-island outpost fringed by a mile-long white-sand beach, sleekly stylish oceanfront villas, a world-class holistic spa, and impeccable yet unobtrusive service. Sounds like the ultimate luxury to us — and you.

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Best Festival: Trinidad Carnival

To truly appreciate the Caribbean's most riotous pre-Lenten celebration, join a band and parade through the streets of Port-of-Spain in all your headdress-wearing, body-painted glory. A soundtrack of the season's hottest soca hits keeps energy levels high.

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Best Family Resort: Atlantis, Bahamas

Family fun comes supersized at this mammoth Paradise Island playground. Play with sea lions, stroke a stingray, course down one of seven water slides, splash in one of 11 pools or just take it easy floating along the lazy river.

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Best Midsize Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI

Laurance Rockefeller — the other patron saint of St. John — built elegant Caneel Bay with privacy in mind. With just 166 rooms spread over a lush 170-acre peninsula, the resort feels all your own even when it's full.

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Best Beer: Red Stripe

Whether you're basking on the sand or digging out from under a foot of Minnesota snow, this classic Jamaican lager is your go-to brew.

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Best Natural Attraction or Park: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI

More than 7,000 acres of rugged hiking trails, pristine beaches and a coral reef await, so pack your gear and get going.

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Best Bang for the Buck Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos

Six pools, 16 restaurants, 12 bars, a water park, a kids camp, a nightclub, free scuba diving and all the food and drink you could possibly desire add up to your favorite vacation value.

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Best Overall Caribbean Island: Puerto Rico

Your favorite island offers something for everyone: History buffs are captivated by Old San Juan, surfer dudes hang 10 in Rincón, gastronomes revel in the island's diverse culinary scene, and those who seek solitude find it in quiet corners of Vieques and Culebra.

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Best Island for Celebrity Watching: St. Barts

In spite of the $12 sodas and $300 sundresses, you love St. Barts — and the chance to set down a beach towel next to Posh and Becks or Brangelina.

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Best Romantic Resort: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

No phones, no TVs, nothing to distract you from what's truly important: each other.

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Best Adventure Destination: Belize

It's your favorite diving destination, but you love Belize's topside attractions too. Zip lining through the jungle, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, caving and mountain biking get the adrenaline flowing.

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Best Rum: Cruzan

The St. Croix, USVI, distiller claims to have been the first to manufacture flavored rums. We don't know whether you prefer black cherry to vanilla, but we do know that you drink an awful lot of it.

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Best Island to Live on: St. John, USVI

An away from it all vibe and easy accessibility are the biggest assets of the tiniest U.S. Virgin island. A stunning national park and laid-back locals make this the place you most want to call home.

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Best Shopping: St. Thomas, USVI

If shopping is your cardio, consider St. Thomas your gym. Snag deals on everything from jewelry to electronics, and bring up to $1,600 worth of loot home duty-free. Better bring a bigger bag.

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Best Beach: Seven-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

The velvet highway of the Caymans' most celebrated strand boasts clear waters and a classic big-island scene.

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Best Small Hotel: Little Cayman Beach Resort

Little Cayman is a must-do for divers, and this compact hotel keeps them coming back with a winning combination of comfy rooms, great service and a stellar staff.

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Best All-Inclusive Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos

At this expansive Grace Bay resort, photo ops with Elmo thrill little kids — and big kids are equally delighted by the free-flowing cocktails.

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Best Resort Spa: Silver Rain, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Indulgence isn't inexpensive at La Prairie's water-themed sanctuary, which features a multimillion-dollar art installation and $300 facials using "skin caviar." You, however, consider it money well spent.

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Best Snorkeling & Diving: Belize

The Caribbean's Technicolor depths are one of its biggest draws, and no place does coral like Belize. Visit the tiny Central American nation and have prime proximity to the magnificent Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches nearly 700 miles from Mexico to northern Honduras. Grab a mask and fins and dive in. | Jad Davenport

Resort With the Best View: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

From the three-walled sanctuaries at this hillside hideaway, the Piton mountains appear almost close enough to touch, and the only thing that separates you from the iconic peaks is the shimmering expanse of tranquil sea lying between. Perfection.

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Best Restaurant: The Cliff, Barbados

The sweeping view (cliffside, naturally) is as big an attraction as the stellar cuisine (try the fillet of barracuda).

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